Welcome to the final chapter of my little Blues series. Be ready to dig into some Charlie Parker style jazz blues playing. Once again form, rhythm, melody and harmony are quite a bit more sophisticated than the previous examples.
Be sure to LISTEN to a few examples from the masters to get to know what you’re supposed to sound like. Some of the most important jazz blueses:
- Blue Monk, Straight no Chaser (Thelonius Monk)
- Now’s the Time, Billie’s Bounce (Charlie Parker)
Let’s start playing. Here’s the rhythm part that outlines the progression with several chords that use color tones and alterations as well as a few stripped down voicings that only use the 3rd and 7th of each harmony.